Last week, midwest regional and metro operator US Signal sneaked a press release past my nets, announcing their expansion plans northward in Wisconsin. The company has long had dark fiber loops in Green Bay, Appleton, and Oshkosh, and they now plan to light 250 miles of regional fiber to hook up those markets and open new PoPs. That will bring their total up to 4500 route miles, 700 of them metro loops. Apparently, the metro fiber business remains pretty strong up in the rust belt, strong enough at least to expand in the face of a financial meltdown.
For some time now, I have been expecting US Signal to be gobbled up. After an ugly scandal where its president scammed his own company for millions, it seemed like the time was ripe to put these assets in the hands of someone who could bring out their value. But the credit crisis has made that a pipe dream of course. So the company is moving forward, investing in its network and expanding despite the recession. They're still short a leader though, I wonder how the CEO hunt is going.
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